We love October! With it comes a slight chill in the weather that brings a crispness to the air and the fall foliage color we all look forward to. October also brings Halloween, our favorite holiday of the year because we don’t have to make a big holiday meal or buy presents, and we get to dress up in scary costumes and eat as much candy as we want!
Treat your favorite tricksters to delightful and delicious Halloween party foods that everyone will enjoy, such as Graveyard Smash, Whose Fingers Are Those?, Scary Centipizza, Critters Cracker Snack, Witches Warts, Dare You to Dip into these Body Parts, Mummy’s Tombs, Graveyard Gravel, Bucket of Bleached Bones, Terrifying Tarantulas, Bloody Massacre Martinis and My Punch Is Staring At Me! You’ll have a Halloween party spread your guests will be talking about for years to come!
Check out the Graveyard Gravel recipe below and keep your eyes on the San Jose Easy Meals Examiner page throughout October for the rest of the above Halloween party recipes and more! And remember to visit our local Cash and Carry and/or Smart and Final stores for great bargains on groceries, utensils and everything else you need to throw a haunting Halloween party!
Graveyard Gravel (makes about 2 pounds)
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
grated zest of two oranges
2 cups miniature marshmallows
unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with an equal amount of powdered sugar
- Line a 9-inch or 8-inch square baking pan with foil.
- In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, stir together the chocolate chips, condensed milk, butter vanilla, salt and orange zest until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Remove from heat and stir in the miniature marshmallows just until combined.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the lined baking pan.
- Using a butter knife, swirl the marshmallows through the chocolate in the pan until marshmallows are mostly melted.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours until firm.
- Using a small heavy spoon or scoop, scoop fudge and shape into small rock shapes with your fingers. The fudge will be sticky and your hands will get a little messy but just have fun with it! And don’t worry about trying to make them all perfect as it is supposed to resemble gravel.
- Roll some of the pieces in the cocoa powder/powdered sugar mixture, some in just the powdered sugar, and some just leave uncoated.
- Store in an airtight container for up to three days.
For lots more Halloween recipes, be sure to watch my page during October and also try:
- Night of the Living Dead Chicken Wing Drummettes
- Pumpkin Pasties
- Buffalo Bat Wings
- Pumpkin Patch Cheese Ball
- Candy Corn Cookies
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops
- Gingerbread Skeletons
- Spider Cider
There have been recipes and variations for Graveyard Gravel for years and for good reason – it’s delicious! Other than adding the orange zest, I take no credit for developing this recipe as it’s been around for years.
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